Public Law & Human Rights: research impact

Photograph of redbrick buildings at the University of BirminghamWe present our research in Public law & human rights at conferences throughout the world, publish widely, and have advised a range of policy makers. Below is a list of some of the recent activity in this area.

  • In July 2014 Graham Gee gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution as part of its inquiry into the office of Lord Chancellor.
  • In May 2014 Graham Gee and Robert Hazell (UCL) presented some of the findings of a three-year AHRC-funded research project on The Politics of Judicial Independence  at a meeting of the Judicial Executive Board (which is effectively the “judicial cabinet” in England and Wales).
  • In late 2013 Sophie Boyron gave evidence to the House Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee as part of its inquiry into the role of the judiciary in the event of the UK adopting a codified constitution. Sophie’s evidence was cited in the Committee’s report, which was published in May 2014.
  • In January 2014 Graham Gee co-organized a conference on judicial independence at St George’s House Windsor Castle. The conference was attended by senior judges from across the UK, politicians, officials and academics from the UK and Canada.
  • In 2011 Sophie Boyron gave evidence to the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee as part of its inquiry on Mapping  the  Path to Codifying—Or Not Codifying—the UK’s Constitution. 
  • Adrian Hunt’s work on counter-terrorism law and human rights was cited by the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights.
  • Adrian Hunt has worked as a consultant for the Council of Europe and the OSCE on aspects of counter-terrorism law and human rights.
  • Graham Gee is working on a three-year AHRC-funded project on The Politics of Judicial Independence in Britain’s Changing Constitution(with colleagues from UCL and Queen Mary). The project, which is strongly supported by the Ministry of Justice and the Lord Chief Justice, includes a series of seminars across the lifetime of the project involving judges, officials, politicians and other stakeholders. Seminars have been held at the UK Parliament and the UK Supreme Court.
  • Graham Gee’s written evidence on the confirmation process to the United States Supreme Court was cited by the House of Lords Constitution Committee in its 2012 report onJudicial Appointments.
  • Graham Gee’s essay on ‘The Politics of Judicial Appointments in Canada’ was cited in written evidence submitted by the Judicial Appointments Commission to the House of Lords Constitution Committee.